09-22-2008, 11:22 AM
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The cost really depends on the filtration, lighting etc. That all depends on what kind of fish you want to keep, if you want live plants, that sort of thing.
You can save a lot of money buying a used tank (which runs about $1 per gallon), it's easy to tell what kind of quality it's in my inspecting the silicone glue seal, and if there are any cracks. If it all looks good, you're good to go. Then you can buy all the stuff with electronics, moving parts, etc new, to know you can trust them.
I'd expect to spend at least $50 on a new tank (without stand or anything) and $40-$50 on a filter. The heater will run you around $20. Past that, it's sorta up to you...do you want a lid? what kind of substrate? The cheapo way (which I use) would be to buy some plexiglass and play sand at the hardware store. There's a HUGE variation in price for just about every fish product though.
The best thing to do would probably be to fiqure out what kind of fish you want to keep, and if you want plants. From there, we can fiqure out all the supplied needed.